Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

Prague Daily Monitor: Campaign exposing conditions in Chinese toy factories launches

Some 80% of the world’s toys are manufactured in China. (ČTK)

Prague, Dec 15 (CTK) – The Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) organisation, based in Hong Kong, and its Czech partner NaZemi group yesterday presented their campaign against violation of labour rights of Chinese workers making toys for the world’s biggest toy companies.

The organisers of the campaign pointed out that buyers have no chance to show that they are against the bad working conditions by the selection of toys they buy. The organisers therefore call on the buyers to join their campaign on their website.

Making Toys without Joy: ICTI CARE Covers Labour Rights Violations for Global Toy Brands like Disney, Walmart & Mattel

In Guangdong province, where 70% of China’s toys are exported, migrant workers’ basic salary is around CNY 850-1320 (USD 134-208), actually the same as the statutory local minimum wage. And the minimum wage is barely enough for self-subsistence. Restricted by the meager pay, workers have to leave their children behind in their hometowns where they can only visit once a year during Chinese New Year, and for this family reunion, they cannot afford to buy what they produce as gifts for their children – not a Mattel’s Hot Wheels toy car, not a Disney storybook. The hardship of the workers is a consequence of the squeezing unit price in the global supply [...]

The Observer: Revealed: true cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China’s factories

Undercover investigation alleges hours of overtime, late wages and fines for using the toilet without permission

Workers in the Hung Hing factory, where the basic wage is £132 a month, put in up to 100 hours of overtime in that period

With Christmas three weeks away, an undercover investigation has revealed the bleak realities of life in Chinese toy factories serving a market worth £2.8bn a year in the UK alone.

The Upcoming: Dying for change – Chinese factories under intense pressure to cope with Western demand

The Guardian: Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims

Human rights campaigners say Chinese factories using children as young as 14 and that workers forced to do overtime

A Sturdy Products’ employee works to fulfil orders, for ranges that include Disney ­merchandise. But a monitoring group claims that workers’ rights are often abused

Disney’s best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation.

One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited worries over poisonous chemicals. Disney has now launched its own investigation.